The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Lagos Sector Command on Sunday, December 6,2020 observed with dismay the rampant use of phone by motorists while driving on the road.
The Sector Commander of FRSC, C.C Olusegun Ogungbemide in a statement said the corps had noticed a rising disregard of traffic and safety regulations which forbid the use of phone behind the wheels. He stated further that traffic laws are for the safety of all road users and efforts should be made by all motorists to only do those things that can make them stay alive.
“FRSC Lagos sector have noticed with dismay, the rising rate of infractions in phoning and use of phone while driving, non-use of seatbelt, rickety vehicles that are not road worthy, lane shunting and general irresponsible driving culture.
“According to the National Road Traffic Regulations 2012 section 166 (1) on Use of Communication devices while driving states that: No driver of a vehicle shall whilst the vehicle is in motion receive or make a telephone call in any form. An instructor shall not make or receive telephone call in any form while supervising a learner undertaking driving lessons.
“The FRSC Regulations further states that a telephone call shall include:
* Sending or receiving oral or written messages.
* Sending or receiving facsimile documents.
* Sending or receiving still or moving images.
* Accessing, surfing or browsing the internet.
“The above traffic regulations are for our good. We have lost so many drivers and other innocent people due to distraction from the use of phone while on the road. Peace loving, responsible Lagosians and road users are also passing through a lot of pain due to the actions of these few who will not obey simple regulations to keep themselves alive.
“The Command cannot watch and allow these illegalities to strive in a descent environment like ours, especially as we have entered into the peak period of the year. All Lagos State Commands of the Corps have been given the mandate to nip this recklessness in the bud by getting all forms of road misconduct apprehended.” Ogungbemide concluded.